By Devin Lee Fuller | Indiewire November 16, 2011 at 3:22PM
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the lineup for the 20th edition of Spanish Cinema Now. The program will feature the latest Spanish films and a tribute to director Luis García Berlanga.
Nacho Vigalondo's "Extraterrestrial" will open the series. Other films scheduled include Daniel Sánchez Areválo’s comedy "Cousinhood," Miguel Gonçalves Mendes' José Saramago biopic "Jose and Pilar" and Santiago Segura's latest installment in the "Torrente" series, "Torrente 4: Lethal Crisis."
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The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today the lineup for the 20th edition of Spanish Cinema Now featuring the latest films from Spain as well as a tribute to legendary director, Luis García Berlanga.
Highlights for this year’s series include the Opening Night screening of Nacho Vigalondo’s sci-fi thriller EXTRATERRESTRIAL, Mireia Ros’ fascinating Catalan documentary BARCELONA BEFORE, and the magic realist Galician film CREBINSKY, directed by Enrique Otero. A new generation of Spanish comedy is also well represented in this year’s edition of Spanish Cinema Now, with box-office superstar Santiago Segura’s TORRENTE 4: LETHAL CRISIS, the latest film in the Torrente series, and Daniel Sánchez Areválo’s comedy COUSINHOOD. Also of note is the Spanish-Portuguese co-production JOSE AND PILAR, an engaging, revealing portrait of the final years of Nobel Prize winner José Saramago and his Spanish wife Pilar del Rio.
Attending filmmakers and actors include Nacho Vigalondo (EXTRATERRESTRIAL), Daniel Sanchez Arevalo and Quim Gutierrez (COUSINHOOD), Mireia Ros (BARCELONA BEFORE), Santiago Segura (TORRENTE 4: LETHAL CRISIS), Jonás Trueba (EVERY SONG TALKS ABOUT ME), Maria Comas (BLACK BREAD), and Alberto Morais (THE WAVES).
A centerpiece of the film series will be a 10-film tribute to Luis García Berlanga, one of Spain’s greatest directors, who sadly passed away in November 2010. Together with Juan Antonio Bardem, Berlanga revolutionized Spanish cinema in the Fifties and early Sixties with such masterworks as WELCOME MR. MARSHALL!, PLÁCIDO, and THE EXECUTIONER.
Together with Bardem in the early Fifties, Berlanga shook up what had been a fairly dormant scene for Spanish cinema with a series of works—THAT HAPPY COUPLE, THE ROCKET FROM CALABUCH, and especially WELCOME MR. MARSHALL!—that revealed uncomfortable truths about the rigidly controlled Francoist society. Even as the regime began to ease in the early Sixties, Berlanga, often working with screenwriter Rafael Azcona, became if anything even more barbed in his criticisms in works such as PLÁCIDO and THE EXECUTIONER. Yet beyond being important documents of the growing social resistance to Franco, Berlanga’s films are treasures because their extraordinary humor always seems to propel the often madcap tales into more general, timeless observations on the human condition. There are rarely villains in his works, just characters with greater or lesser levels of self-delusion.
Spanish Cinema Now is presented by the Film Society in collaboration with the Spanish Film Institute (ICAA) in Madrid and the Instituto Cervantes in New York. Special thanks also to the Spanish Consulate General in New York.
Tickets go on sale both at the box office and on-line Thursday, November 24. Discount single screening tickets are available for students, seniors, Film Society and Cervantes Institute members. Everyone can enjoy a Special Four-Film Discount Package!! Read more about The Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Public and Press Screenings will be held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater (located at 165 West 65th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway), unless otherwise noted.